EDUCATION

Cecil Rhodes protesters continue fight after vote to remove statue

Cecil Rhodes protesters continue fight after vote to remove statue

Campaigners have said protests will continue while the controversial statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes remains at Oxford’s Oriel College, after governors voted to remove it on Wednesday. The college says there will need to be consultations over planning regulations before it can be taken down. Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, a founder of the Rhodes Must Fall campaign, […]

MPs accuse teachers’ unions of blocking school reopening

MPs accuse teachers’ unions of blocking school reopening

Teachers’ unions have denied suggestions by Conservative MPs they have been “actively obstructive” over the reopening of schools in England. Union leaders said it was important for children to return to school “as quickly as possible” and when “safe to do so”. But MPs accused them of running a political campaign to keep schools closed. […]

Back to school: Paediatricians seek clear plans on return

Back to school: Paediatricians seek clear plans on return

More than 1,500 UK paediatricians have signed a letter to the prime minister calling for clear plans on getting children back into school. They say the absence of millions of children from schools “risks scarring the life chances of a generation of young people”. Their concerns centre on the mental and physical health of children […]

Oxford college wants to remove Rhodes statue

Oxford college wants to remove Rhodes statue

Oriel College in Oxford has announced that it wants the controversial statue of Cecil Rhodes to be taken down. The governors of the Oxford University college voted on Wednesday to remove the statue of the colonialist. Campaigners have called for the statue to be taken down – saying it was a symbol of imperialism and […]

Coronavirus: A third of pupils ‘not engaging with work’

Coronavirus: A third of pupils ‘not engaging with work’

The vast majority of teachers (90%) say their pupils are doing less or much less work than they would normally at this time of the year, a study finds. The report by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) says head teachers believe around a third of pupils are not engaging with set work. Limited […]

Parents ‘concerned about cost of school’

Many parents (76%) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland say the cost of sending their children to school is rising, a poll by Parentkind suggests. The charity’s annual survey found most (51%) of the 1,500 parents polled were concerned about the cost. The cost of uniform was the most common concern (46%), followed by school […]

Father and daughter guilty of running illegal school

A head teacher and her father have been found guilty of running an unregistered school in a run-down building, in the second prosecution of its kind. Nadia and Arshad Ali were convicted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court of running an unregistered private school, Ambassadors High in Streatham. The school charged £4,500 a year per pupil and […]

Carers bullied by government, MPs say

Carers are being bullied by the government, a committee of MPs says. The Work and Pensions Select Committee says ministers are harassing people who have made honest mistakes when receiving carer’s allowance. Long-standing problems within the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) led to a failure to spot overpayments. The government says while it has […]

Disadvantaged pupils ‘stuck 18 months behind’

Progress to close the achievement gap for poorer pupils in England’s secondary schools is almost at a “standstill”, say researchers. The Education Policy Institute says disadvantaged pupils are on average 18 months behind the rest of the class in academic achievement by the age of 16. At the current rate, the study says it will […]

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